People often ask, “What jumpstarts your creativity?”. Now people usually reply with answers like an inspiration photo, or a challenge sketch, but not me. I am motivated by the desire to feel less guilty about my stash, by using something that has never come out of the package. Such is the case with today’s card. I had to have that die of a toaster and toast, but really, it lacks the versatility of the dies I usually gravitate toward (thank you, Captain Obvious!). I found it in my stash, and decided it had to be used…… today. I paired it up with a coffee cup from some Stampin Up paper that was sitting on my desk. The hunt was then on to find a sentiment that captured the feel of the little breakfast scene. I like the look of the metallic toaster and it just might show up again paired with a metallic looking expresso maker or a French press coffee pot. Look at that, that little toaster is versatile after all.
JAVA NICE DAY, EVERYONE!
I thought I was finished making cards for this blog hop, but wouldn’t you know………..another idea popped into my head and just wouldn’t leave. Mercifully, the card came together much as it looked in my head with no real hitches.
I started thinking about a coffee card.. card (?) for three reasons. First of all I am going on a cruise and was in the process of pre-ordering a coffee card so I would not have to drink the swill that they offer in most ship buffets. Secondly I was thinking about turning several of the coffee cards I have made into gift card holders just to use them up sometime in my lifetime. And finally, I had just gotten the Flip Up dies from Lawn Fawn’s latest release and wanted to take them for a test drive.
It took three photographs to show all the ways this card works. Take a look:
Inside the Inside:
Supplies: Memory Box Window Quad die, Woodgrain cardstock Paper and More, Doodlebug patterned paper, Feed Your Craft Flair buttons, Lawn Fawn Lift the Flap die, Lawn Fawn Push here stamp set, Impression Obsession Adirondack Chair and Flipflops. Worldwin cardstock, Mystery washi tape, Simon Says stamp card base and Scor tape.
Today’s card started with a desire to use the cute stitched frame die shown on the card. It is a Creative Expressions die that comes with a plethora of little dies to fill the frame windows. Mine has a garden theme, but they have a variety of themes and frame designs. I wanted to make a coffee card instead of a garden card, so I went on a stash search. Somewhat amazingly, I was able to find enough coffee die images to fill the frames.
I was falling a bit behind both in posting coffee cards for this blog hop and in making my Christmas cards, so I decided to combine tasks for a few cards.
Here is the first one. It is a card for a friend whose friendship was built up mostly by the occasional coffee in a local coffee shop. This will be her Christmas Card.
I had so much fun making my light up card yesterday, that I wanted to make another one. This time I made a card that fits the criteria of the Wild Card class and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge so I could link it to both.
Simon Says Stamp is featuring Memory Box this week and the theme is Halloween. I have a great Bat Cave die from Memory Box so it was great for the theme and lent itself to a light up card as well.
I think the card turned out really well.
Memory Box Bat Cave Cutout, Tim Holtz Halloween Cutouts stamp set, Tim Holtz Distress Paint, Unknown orange embossing powder, Recollections vellum, Scotch 3M foam tape, Papertrey Ink LED light, micropore tape, Simon Says Stamp top folding card base, Scor tape.
Sandy Allnock has done a class of seven FREE cardmaking videos this week entitled Going for the Gold. You heard me right………….FREE. I have been watching all week but it is only today that I thought about uploading to the Gallery for Fun and Prizes. I have to hurry as the gallery closes today.
You are allowed to upload using either the products or the techniques presented in the videos. Well, I had some of the products and know some of the techniques but today something I hadn’t tried was showcased with a product that I had on hand. This is my version of “working out”…………….none of that sweaty stuff happening here!
So I cased Sandy’s shaker card using a different Memory Box die and a different style frame. I also decided to leave the outside trees white instead of gold. Don’t ask me why………I just did. So there!
The technique that was new to me was using a Gold Wink of Luna Brush like it was a watercolour brush (which I guess it is). For some reason I had only used it full strength to make embellishments or to colour things like the house in this card. The line of trees in the far background was created using the Luna Brush with water. This was a perfect place to try freehand watercolouring of trees. As Sandy showed in her video, all I had to do is paint in a soft line and add some hash marks for trees. It doesn’t look too bad for a first attempt.
The other neat thing that she used was Polar White Flower Soft. Dang if I didn’t have this in my stash too……………It was a long ways down in my stack of storage boxes but I was able to pluck it out of the box without turning the stack into a miniature Pompei.
Supplies: Wink of Luna Gold Brush, Memory Box Winter Cabin Landscape die, Simon Says Stamp Woodgrain Card stock, 3M Foam Tape, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolour Paper, Flower Soft, Mama Elephant Rectangle die and Scor tape